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Attack!

  • Drama
  • 1956
  • Robert Aldrich
  • 105 mins
  • PG

Summary

Second World War drama starring Jack Palance and Eddie Albert. Belgium 1944: a US Army platoon in an advanced position is surrounded by the Germans. As his men die around him, a lieutenant vows revenge on the cowardly officer who ordered the attack and is now ignoring his desperate pleas for assistance.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Director Robert Aldrich didn't have much time for human aspirations, and never less so than in this US Army shocker about a cowardly captain (Eddie Albert) endangering the lives of his men during the Second World War's Battle of the Bulge. Jack Palance was never better than as the heroic platoon leader, nor Lee Marvin as the colonel presiding over the whole affair. In Aldrich's macho view, war is only hell because men make it so, but his true skill is to turn these unattractive characters into convincing and understandable human beings.

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Credits

Cast

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Lieutenant CostaJack Palance
Captain CooneyEddie Albert
Colonel BartlettLee Marvin
Private BernsteinRobert Strauss
Private SnowdenRichard Jaeckel
Sergeant TolliverBuddy Ebsen
Lieutenant WoodruffWilliam Smithers
Corporal JacksonJon Shepodd
Private RicksJimmy Goodwin
Sergeant IngersolStrother Martin
SS captainPeter Van Eyck

Crew

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DirectorRobert Aldrich

Details

Theatrical distributor
G.B. Equipments Ltd
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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